Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils topically and aromatically for overall wellness. Essential oils are a highly concentrated, natural oil produced from botanicals such as flowers, trees, roots, and seeds. According to the Mayo Clinic, the scents from these potent, plant-based products “target smell receptors in the nose, triggering effects that pass through the nervous system to the brain.” Those effects can help your body, mind, and emotional well-being in many ways. It often is paired with other complementary therapy, such as tai chi, yoga, acupuncture, massage therapy, spinal manipulation, art therapy, music therapy, and dance, among other therapies.
When using essential oils for aromatherapy, it’s important to choose pure, high-quality oils. Find out where your oils come from and the testing they go through to make sure they meet the highest standards. You want to get the most out of every drop of essential oil during your aromatherapy practice, so do your research!
When people hear the word aromatherapy, they usually think of using essential oils aromatically—and for good reason! Diffusers disperse tiny oil droplets into the air, allowing you to easily surround yourself with the soothing scent of Lavender or the stimulating scent of Citrus Fresh™.
But you can also use oils topically in practice! Apply a drop of Rosemary essential oil on your pressure points and enjoy its energizing aroma. Or add a few drops of Ylang Ylang to your massage oil to amp up the spa-like vibes. No matter your method, you’re harnessing the power of essential oils!
The benefits of aromatherapy are as varied as the constituents in essential oils. You can use aromatherapy for a more luxurious bathtime, a more relaxing bedtime, or a more energized work environment.
Here are 10 different ways you can use essential oils for aromatherapy. The list includes over 60 different oils and oil blends—try them all and you’ll be an aromatherapy expert!